The latest chapter in this farcical, slapstick season that all Rovers fans are enduring should have been accompanied by the theme tune to the Benny Hill Show! Nothing surprises me anymore from a club which has undergone a character assassination; from being a stable and well respected organisation both on and off the pitch to that of a dysfunctional shambles in the space of 12 short months.
The tragi-comedy witnessed at the D W Stadium at the weekend spoke volumes for the present day Rovers. Defensive errors, an untimely sending off, freak goals and a last second penalty to save the blushes against a side who could not buy a win sent the 4,000 plus supporters home demanding more answers as to the direction and immediate future of the club. And all of this was witnessed by our great leaders on a rare appearance to a live football match (or for the first half at least).
On the field we were pretty hopeless. The defence who were hardly blameless in the debacle received no help from a static midfield which in turn gave the Yak little if no support. We could argue all day about the morality of the Pedersen corner but that sort of gamesmanship has being going on since the day the first ball was kicked in anger. It is no better or worse than someone diving to influence the course of a game. Pedersen has come in for a certain amount of criticism in the last 24 hours but the incident has taking the headlines away from the deeper issues affecting the club.
It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted a blog. The International break gave many of us a bit of escapism from the circus which is Rovers. The daily dirge of persistent rumours and counter rumours were taking their toll on the supporters who have been the clubs' heartbeat for so long. I have never felt so disillusioned and detached from the club in 30 years of going to Ewood. I really do think the supportersâ€™ patience has evaporated and something has to give to stop the club imploding on itself. It is not too late to re-build bridges but it will take much time and soul searching.
For any football manager to be fired he must have alienated the three elements that bind a club together. These are the board, players and fans. Two out of the three is not enough to show him the door. Steve Kean although he will disagree has certainly succeeded in falling out with the latter but by all accounts he still has the support of the board. But what about the players? Mr. Kean will shout from the top of Darwen Tower that everyone is united but evidence from yesterday, particularly when Robinson came up to supporters to thank them possibly against Kean's wishes, may tell another story.
The supporters have long become accustomed to the manager's post match interviews with countless tales of how we were 'robbed' and how well we played against top quality opposition in the form of Leyton Orient etc but on the evidence of yesterday Steve Kean's promise that the club will not get relegated appears to be a farfetched one.
The club has been firmly implanted in the national media spotlight for weeks now with the protests, owners and manager all coming under scrutiny. But when the dust settles on this sorry mess, what will the Venky's legacy be? A year ago they told us that a Champions League spot could well become a reality in the next few years, at the moment however a place in Conference looks a better bet. But what of the supporters?
When I started regularly going to Rovers in the early 80's, a crowd of 10,000 plus for a local derby or occasional cup run was eagerly anticipated and I still remember the excitement of going to Ewood on a day which was to see a bumper crowd. Then came the success of the 90's where attendances inflated from the 6,500 mark to 20,000 plus in a matter of 3 years. Undoubtedly a few of those who were tempted to Ewood to witness the golden years were not in it for the long haul but many were and will have passed down the 'bug' to their own children.
However 20 years have passed since the start of that wonderful time. It is from another era but the children of the early 1990's who watched first Speedie and then Shearer and Sutton from the Blackburn End will be in their late 20's and 30's now. Will their kids have the appetite to pick up the baton or could we see crowds return to pre 1991 levels in ten years as a result of the fallout from what we are currently witnessing? The hard work of the last two decades would be lost as would a generation of Rovers supporters.